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Notice of Public Comment - New UST Requirements Guidance Effective January 1, 2021

As provided in § 2.2-4002.1 of the Administrative Process Act (APA), DEQ is seeking comments on whether the "New UST Requirements Guidance Effective January 1, 2021" document is: (i) contrary to state law or regulation; or, (ii) should not be exempted from the provisions of the APA. The formal comment period is from June 22, 2020 to July 22, 2020.

To view this document or make a comment on the document, visit the comment forum on Virginia Regulatory Town Hall. For additional information or documents related to this guidance, contact Alicia Meadows

Effective January 1, 2018, Virginia amended the Underground Storage Tank Technical Requirements Regulation. DEQ changed the regulation to conform to new federal requirements that became effective in October 2015. The new changes emphasize the importance of operating and maintaining underground storage tanks (USTs) properly. Tank owners and operators must have begun complying with some of the changes on January 1, 2018 when the new regulation became effective. UST owners and operators will also have until January 1, 2021 to comply with some of the new requirements.

UST Regulation and Guidance Links

UST Technical Regulation, 9VAC 25-580 (pdf document)

UST Technical Regulation, 9VAC 25-580 (Legislative Information Services)

Summary of 2018 & 2021 Requirements Handout

Guidance on UST Technical Regulation: Changes Effective on January 1, 2018

Draft Guidance on UST Technical Regulation: Changes Effective on January 1, 2021

Storage Tank Program Compliance Manual

Virginia's Guidelines for Underground Storage Tank Cathodic Protection Evaluation

Field Constructed Tanks and Airport Hydrant Systems Guidance

Guidance on Risk-Based Inspection Strategy (RBIS) for USTs

EPA Guidance

USEPA has developed a number of guidance documents to help owners and operators understand the new requirements. Click here to go to EPA's UST guidance page.


Cathodic Protection Evaluation Form

UST Operator Class Designation Form

Notification Forms

Use the forms below to notify DEQ of new USTs or new UST facilities, as well as amendments to existing USTs and facilities and facility sales.

Form 7530-3 Use this form to notify DEQ of new tanks, new facilities, or certain changes to existing tanks at a UST facility. 
Form 7530-3 Instructions
Form 7530-3A Use this form to notify DEQ if you sold your USTs or UST facility.
Form 7530-3A Instructions
Form 7530-3B Use this form to notify DEQ of changes at multiple UST facilities.
Form 7530-3B Instructions
Form 7530-3C 
Use this short form in place of Form 7530 if you have purchased ALL of the USTs at a facility.

(These are fillable forms. Download the file to your computer and open with Adobe Reader. Select the 'Fill & Sign Tool' and use the Fill tool to complete the form. The Sign portion of the tool is not admissible by DEQ at this time. To sign a form submitted to DEQ, print the form, sign with a pen, and submit to DEQ.)

Tools and Resources

UST Regulation Training Slides Slides from the Fall 2019 presentation on new UST requirements. 

New UST Requirements Webinar The September 2019 webinar about new UST requirements is available for viewing. Follow the link and complete the fields to view the webinar.

UST System & Biofuel Compatibility Checklist: This checklist can help owners and operators determine and document the compatibility of their UST systems and notify DEQ 30 days prior to storing biofuels in a UST system.

Operator Training Provider List: This is a list of companies approved to offer operator training in Virginia.

Corrosion Risks in UST Systems storing Diesel Fuel This DEQ quicksheet provides ways to identify and prevent corrosion in diesel fuel systems storing diesel fuel.

PEI's RP1200 and RP900 The Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) has developed recommended practices for testing spill, overfill, leak detection, and secondary containment equipment as well as for performing walkthrough inspections of UST system equipment. The recommended practices are available for purchase on their website. 

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Alicia Meadows
VDEQ UST Compliance Coordinator
Phone: 540-562-6729


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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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